An 8-year-old Tracy boy died in a boating accident in the San Joaquin River on Monday in Lathrop.
It was the third Lathrop death in three days.
A boat carrying both children and adults hit rocks Monday at 4:30 p.m. near the Mossdale Crossing railroad bridge in Lathrop. Five children between 5 and 9 years were thrown into the water along with a number of adults. The 8-year-old was killed in the mishap after he was thought to have been hit by the boat’s propeller.
All were reportedly wearing life vests.
At Woodward Reservoir, 37-year-old Lathrop resident Jose Ricardo Quinones died after he attempted to recover a beach ball that had drifted out into the water at about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. When he shouted for help at about 150 feet from the shore, two rescuers attempted to save him with one using a floating device and the other swimming, pulling him back to shore where he was declared deceased on the scene.
The use of alcohol is suspected in playing a part in the man’s death, according to sheriff’s deputies.
A suspect is also being sought in the murder of a 58-year-old Lathrop man who was shot and killed allegedly by a roommate at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Sheriff’s deputies reported George Slogett as the victim.
An arrest warrant has been obtained for the arrest of Reginald Holland, also 58, for the murder of Slogett. Holland is considered to be armed and dangerous by the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information of his whereabouts are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 209.468.4400. Citizens may also text a tip to 274637, and in the message area, type SJSO, a space, and then type the tip.